Volvo P1800 mfd 1965 1780cc Essex. The car volvo p1800 service manual pdf marketed as the Volvo P1800, 1800S, 1800E and 1800ES.
Volvo insisted it was an Italian design by Frua and only in 2009 officially recognized that Pelle Petterson designed it. Petterson hoped that Karmann would be able to take on the tooling and building of the P1800. Karmann’s engineers had already been preparing working drawings from the wooden styling buck at Frua. They were ready to build it and this meant that the first cars could hit the market as early as December 1958. Karmann to take on the job. They feared that the P1800 would compete with the sales of their own cars, and threatened to cancel all their contracts with Karmann if they took on this car. This setback almost caused the project to be abandoned.
Volvo did not believe they met Volvo’s manufacturing quality-control standards. It began to appear that Volvo might never produce the P1800. This motivated Helmer Petterson to obtain financial backing from two financial firms with the intention of buying the components directly from Volvo and marketing the car himself. At this point Volvo had made no mention of the P1800 and the factory would not comment. Then a press release surfaced with a photo of the car, putting Volvo in a position where they had to acknowledge its existence.